I didn't expect anything interesting Arsenal related to happen and it certainly didn't, another transfer deadline passes uneventfully. This was not the case elsewhere and some big money was thrown around by Liverpool and Chelsea. Torres heads south to Stamford Bridge for fifty million, while Carroll is added to Suarez to form Liverpool's new attack, at a total cost of about sixty million.
The Torres move smacks of desperation for me. Chelsea now have Torres/Drogba/Anelka and it will be impossible to keep them all happy. Torres' form for the last twelve months has been poor and his injury record dodgy, maybe he will rediscover his best form, I still feel that fifty million is a lot. Andy Carroll's fee is also extortionate, it seems Newcastle were keen to get rid and fill their pockets, this is precisely what they have done. He's a very talented powerhouse but he has a lot to live up to now.
Arsenal have bizarrely confirmed the Miyaichi transfer today and he goes straight out on loan to Feyenoord. Giles Sunu has joined Lorient on loan, Barazite has left permanently to Austria Vienna, while Kyle Bartley has terminated his loan with Sheffield United in order to move to Ranegrs on loan. It would be interesting to know the exact terms of Bartley's loan deal and whether he can come back to us at short notice should we get a run of injuries at centre back.
Arsene has already spoken on the possibility of bringing some players back from their loan deals. Ramsey is due back at the end of February anyway, I just wonder whether Arsene will be tempted to recall Henri Lansbury from Norwich given Denilson's woeful form and our lack of cover for Song and Wilshere in terms of midfielders who can get stuck in.
Finally let's have a brief laugh at Tottenham, a great result for them at the weekend against Fulham has been followed up by their failure to sign Blackpool's Charlie Adam, they made a last ditch bid to sign him but unfortunately couldn't get the paperwork sorted, great shame that. There has been a bit of discussion recently about Tottenham and the amount of money have been spending. From what I can gather their spending is rather unsustainable and the club accounts are no way near as healthy as their owners would have us believe.
Essentially if Tottenham cannot sell on their polished turds for profits (Keane etc) and they cannot increase their income significantly they may be in a bit of trouble. The majority of Tottenham shares are owned by the ENIC group, while Joe Lewis owns a majority of the ENIC group. If I were a betting man then I would guess that Lewis and Levy are keen to sell on Tottenham for a massive profit, and to do this they need to make the club look as healthy as possible financially, this will require them to increase their income by increasing stadium capacity. If they cannot do this, and if the transfer market continues to slow, meaning that they cannot continue to make big profits from player sales, then they may well see Tottenham struggle and their debt increase to dangerous levels, here's hoping anyway.